Case | HBS Case Collection | April 1988 (Revised April 1991)

Boeing 767: From Concept to Production (A)

by David A. Garvin

Abstract

Describes the evolution of the Boeing 767 from the conception of the project to the start of manufacturing. Shows how the company manages an enormously complex and risky project and introduces students to a variety of estimating and management tools. The decision issue involves the shift from three-person to two-person cockpits and whether rework should be done in-line (without removing planes from the flow of production) or off-line (after initial assembly has been completed).

Keywords: Production; Product Design; Product Development; Decisions; Risk and Uncertainty; Risk Management; Management Analysis, Tools, and Techniques; Air Transportation Industry; Manufacturing Industry;

Citation:

Garvin, David A. "Boeing 767: From Concept to Production (A)." Harvard Business School Case 688-040, April 1988. (Revised April 1991.)